Transmission and Distribution
Argonne's multidisciplinary approach integrates experience in materials science, energy technology, and data analysis to help utilities improve their transmission and distribution systems.

n Introduction

Over the past 50 years, Argonne National Laboratory has gained extensive experience in a wide variety of research and development programs. That knowledge can be applied to many aspects of transmission and distribution (T&D) systems. Argonne's work in superconducting materials, energy storage and generation systems, instrumentation, and impact evaluation can improve the robustness and efficiency of T&D systems.

A more robust T&D system means fewer breakdowns and greater customer satisfaction. Distributed energy storage and generation on the utility grid allows better use of existing T&D systems and increases revenues with only a small capital investment. More accurate information on the condition of the grid reduces maintenance costs.

n Transmission and Distribution Components

Develop advanced components for T&D systems, which lead to more efficient transmission and more robust grid networks:

Superconducting transmission lines and associated cryogenics, dielectrics, and power electronics.

Advanced fault-current limiters that use high-temperature superconductors.

n Energy Storage

Develop central and distributed energy storage systems, from individual components to complete systems:

Superconducting magnetic energy storage systems.

Efficient flywheel energy systems.


Advanced batteries.

n Distributed Generation

Develop distributed energy-generation systems, from individual components to complete systems:

High-speed generators for microturbines.

Fuel-cell technology.

Advanced diesel technology.

Cogeneration and combined-cycle systems.

n Data Gathering and Analysis

Develop equipment and methods for measuring and analyzing the status of T&D systems and components:

Sensors and instrumentation.

Nondestructive evaluation techniques.

Load flow analysis.

n Biological Effects

Determine the effects of electric and magnetic fields (EMF) on living creatures:

Laboratory research on the human health effects of EMF.

Evaluation of human health impact of EMF produced by operating transmission systems.

n Contacts

For technical information, contact John Hull, Argonne National Laboratory, Bldg. 335, 9700 South Cass Avenue, Argonne, Illinois 60439; phone: 630/252?8580; e?mail:

For information on working with Argonne, contact Paul Eichamer, Industrial Technology Development Center, Argonne National Laboratory, Bldg. 201, 9700 South Cass Avenue, Argonne, Illinois 60439; phone: 800/627-2596; fax: 630/252-5230.

February 1998

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